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Understanding net neutrality and what it means for health care, media

Rebecca Vesely

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 14, 2017, voted 3-2 along party lines to end rules that prohibited Internet service providers from blocking websites or charging varying fees for speed and access to online content and services.

By reversing Obama-era rules that protected a free and open Internet, the FCC is moving us all into uncharted territory. Start-ups, small businesses, local news organizations, individual blogs and small or rural health providers could fall behind in their ability to serve their customers online. This decision could exacerbate the digital divide and health disparities.

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